July 10, 2012
Highlighted by 18 home contests, including two meetings with Boston College, and road trips to North Dakota and Denver, the 2012-13 Boston University men's ice hockey schedule has been announced by head coach Jack Parker.
The Terriers' home slate at Agganis Arena will include 14 Hockey East contests and three non-conference games against ECACHL rivals after kicking off the year with an exhibition against the University of Toronto on Oct. 7. All Friday home games will begin at 7:30 p.m. this season.
BU will officially begin its season on Oct. 13 when it welcomes Providence to Agganis for a contest that will also serve as its Hockey East and home opener. This will be the final year of 27-game schedules in Hockey East play, as teams will play each other just twice beginning with the 2013-14 season, when Notre Dame becomes the conference's 11th member.
Visits from familiar foes dot the home non-conference schedule, beginning with a contest against St. Lawrence on Nov. 24. Rensselaer (Jan. 4) and Harvard (Jan. 9) will each make the trip to Jack Parker Rink for BU's first two contests in 2013.
For the first time in 16 years, BU will make the trek to North Dakota, as two of the nation's top programs will meet for a two-game series on Nov. 2-3 in Grand Forks. It will be the Terriers' first visit to the new Ralph Engelstad Arena, as the old rink by the same name was the venue when the Terriers made their last visit during the 1996-97 campaign.
The Terriers will head out west once more when they take on Denver in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game on Dec. 29 at Magness Arena. In its last trip to Denver, BU captured the Denver Cup title in 2009 with a victory over the host Pioneers in the championship game. This will be BU's second appearance in the Hall of Fame Game, as it posted a 4-3 win over Minnesota at the Target Center in 1996 when the contest was a preseason exhibition.
North Dakota defeated Denver in last season's WCHA championship game before joining BU at the NCAA West Regional. The Pioneers earned an at-large bid to the NCAAs and competed in the Midwest Regional.
For the 61st time, the four Division I hockey schools in Boston will meet for the Beanpot Tournament on Feb. 4 & 11. The Terriers will meet Northeastern in the first round before taking on either Boston College or Harvard in the second round.
"This year's schedule features numerous games against traditional rivals, both home and away, and is certainly quite challenging," said Parker, who will enter his 40th season at the helm of the Terrier program. "This will be the last traditional Hockey East schedule before we add several other non-conference contests next season. Each game will obviously be important as we attempt to make a return trip to the NCAA tournament."
Five league opponents will play two games at Jack Parker Rink. In addition to the season opener, Providence will visit the Terriers on Jan. 26. BU will host archrival Boston College twice in November, beginning with a Sunday tilt on Nov. 11 before the teams kick off their annual home-and-home series on Nov. 30 at Agganis.
Northeastern visits BU on Jan. 18 and will also be the opponent for the regular-season finale on March 9. The Terriers will also welcome UMass Lowell (Jan. 19, Feb. 22) and Vermont (March 1-2) to Agganis twice. Massachusetts (Oct. 26), New Hampshire (Nov. 18), Maine (Dec. 8) and Merrimack (Feb. 8) will each make one appearance at BU. On Oct. 20, the Terriers will visit New Hampshire in their first of 13 road contests in conference play.
All dates and times are subject to change. Please check GoTerriers.com for all updates.
2012-13 Men's Hockey Season Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase season tickets, visit AgganisArena.com, the Agganis Arena Ticket Office (located at 925 Commonwealth Avenue), or call 617-353-GOBU and select option #2 for season tickets.